September 2019

Ask Melissa: Favorite Primer & Foundations


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I’m 55 years young with uneven skin tone, age spots and small veins. Is a primer really necessary? If so, what is the best foundation, liquid or mineral, and which brand would you recommend?

I really like using a primer under my foundation as it smooths out and prepares the skin for make-up application. My favorite primer is by Laura Mercier–it has the perfect consistency and it really fills in lines and wrinkles for smoother skin appearance. I like Sue Devitt’s Triple C-Weed Whipped Foundation for medium to full coverage. It’s oil-free formula has a whipped texture that evens out skin imperfections while locking in moisture at the same time. Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles too. -Melissa

Buy Now, Laura Mercier Primer, $30

Buy Now, Sue Devitt’s Triple C-Weed Whipped Foundation, $40

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Buy Nars Powder, $45

Buy Nars Powder, $45

  • Lightweight foundation
  • Flexible coverage
  • Protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays

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Buy Nars Sheer Radiant Glow Foundation, $42

Buy Nars Sheer Radiant Glow Foundation, $42

  • A glowing, satin-finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage
  • Weightless formula
  • Complexion brightening properties

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Buy Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation, $28

Buy Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation, $28

  • Environmentally friendly and natural product
  • Super-fine formula goes on smoothly and feels lightweight

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The Secret to Flawless-Looking Skin? Start with Flawless Foundation

By Sue Devitt

The Secret to Flawless Foundation
As a makeup artist working with celebrities and developing my own product line, I have spent years perfecting a technique for applying flawless-looking foundation. You don’t have to walk the red carpet to achieve foundation perfection. Follow my tips and you can get the same professionally applied look I create when working with Hollywood’s most beautiful women.

How to Choose the Perfect Foundation for You
The question I’m asked most often from women all over the world: How do I choose the right shade of foundation? With a vast range of choices, this decision can be very challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. The trick to choosing the right foundation shade for your skin tone—match the color to your neck. You never want to see a demarcation line between your jaw line and neck; the color should flow naturally. Also, the general rule is to go for a yellow-based foundation if you have an olive complexion and more of a pink tone if you have an English rose complexion. If you have a darker complexion, I suggest a redder undertone. The most important tip? Make sure your foundation contains anti-aging benefits. You’re wearing it anyway. Let it work for you!

The Foundation Finish to Polish Your Look
After selecting your shade, you must decide on a finish. A matte finish is beautiful, but make sure it is hydrating, so it doesn’t appear powdery or dry on the skin. A dewy foundation look is very flattering and looks the most natural. If you prefer the iridescent look, I would go for a primer that has light-reflecting particles and keeps your foundation natural.

My Primer Tip: Prep skin with a treatment primer. Primers create a smooth canvas for application and help bind makeup to the skin for longer wear throughout the day.

My Foundation Product Picks:
Buy Sue Devitt 70% Triple Seaweed Gel Foundation for a sheer finish, $38, at suedevittbeauty.com
Buy Sue Devitt Triple C-Weed Whipped Foundation for more coverage and added hydration, $40, at suedevittbeauty.com
Buy Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation, $11.99, at target.com
Buy Shiseido Powdery Foundation, $29.50, at macys.com

The Best Technique to Apply Foundation
Once you’ve chosen your foundation, it’s time to focus on application. I’ve found the best way to apply foundation is with your fingertips. I do this with all my celebrity clients. Applying foundation with your hands allows you to really work around the different contours of the face and, most importantly, allows you to feel your skin’s hydration level.

The Steps for Foundation and Flawless Skin
Start with the T-zone and work your way outward. Just make sure you don’t forget the eyelids and under-eye area! Applying foundation to your eyelids helps to keep consistency and texture all over. Then, apply a light dusting of loose powder on the T-zone and cheeks, followed by concealer where needed. I’m a proponent of foundation first, then concealer, so you can actually see what you need to conceal. Foundation alone will correct a majority of skin issues.

My Blush Tip: Apply blush high on the apples of your cheeks for an instant facelift. Try a pretty wash of a pink-plum color such as Silky Blush in Belize, perfect for a rosy glow.

My Blush Picks:
Buy Sue Devitt Silky Blush in Belize, $20, at suedevittbeauty.com
Buy Maybelline ExpertWear Blush in Plushed Plum, $4.49, at drugstore.com
Buy Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Bronze, $42, at saksfifthavenue.com

The Best Way to Hide a Blemish
When concealing a blemish, make it look as natural as possible to avoid drawing attention to the area. To do this, apply your foundation as you normally would, then use a concealer to cover—choose one with enough moisture to keep the area from becoming cakey. Set the concealer with pressed or loose powder, using a tapered powder brush.

My Bronzer Tip: Add a little oil-free, water-based liquid bronzer to your foundation or moisturizer and apply to the face. This gives the skin a natural glow.

My Bronzer Picks:
Buy Sue Devitt Triple Touch Light Reflecting Bronzer in Beausoleil, $30, at suedevittbeauty.com
Buy Nars The Multiple in Palm Beach, $38, at saksfifthavenue.com
Buy Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzer, $74, at sephora.com

Choosing the Right Foundation for Each Season
A lot of women experience different skin types from season to season, so I recommend using a more sheer formula during hot summer months, then switching to a foundation that offers more coverage and hydration in winter. For women who have oily skin, it’s best to use an oil-free foundation formulation all year.

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Sue Devitt, Beauty Contributing Editor
Australian-born, international celebrity makeup artist Sue Devitt created the brand that would forever change the landscape of the beauty industry. Years of product development experience throughout the United States, Australia, and Japan inspired Ms. Devitt to develop a line . . . Read more of Sue’s product picks and beauty secrets

Buy Sue Devitt Triple C-Weed Whipped Foundation, $40

Buy Sue Devitt Triple C-Weed Whipped Foundation, $40, at suedevittbeauty.com

  • Available in 8 shades
  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Suitable for all skin types and tones

Sue’s Professional Makeup Tip: Warm the luxurious Triple C-Weed Whipped Foundation between fingertips and massage (not rub) a small amount liberally into the skin to allow nourishing vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to penetrate the skin. Use sparingly at first and build to desired level of coverage.

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Buy Shiseido Powdery Foundation, $29.50

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Buy Shiseido Powdery Foundation, $29.50, at macys.com

  • Minimizes visibility of pores and softens imperfections
  • Reduces shine with oil-absorbing powder
  • Use with water for sheer coverage, or without for heavier coverage and touch-ups

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Buy Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, $11.99

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Buy Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, $11.99, at target.com
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  • Contains antioxidants and SPF 20
  • Flawless coverage
  • Lightweight, silky formula
  • Available in 12 shades

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Buy Shiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation SPF 35

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Buy Shiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation SPF 35, $26, at sephora.com

  • Forms a barrier that defends against UVA and UVB rays
  • Key ingredients like antioxidant Thlotaurine and Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE help improve skin’s internal condition
  • Available in 3 shades, as well as translucent

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Buy Sue Devitt 70% Triple Seaweed Gel Foundation

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Buy Sue Devitt 70% Triple Seaweed Gel Foundation, $38, at suedevittbeauty.com

  • 70% water content in the formula keeps skin hydrated for 24 hours
  • Available in 8 oil-free shades for sheer to medium coverage
  • Complex of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from seaweed
  • Gel formulation reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Sue’s Secret Beauty Tip: Blend 70% Triple Seaweed Gel Foundation gently into the skin with fingertips to ensure the delivery of restorative marine nutrients and minerals. Apply only where needed for a sheer, natural finish.

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